Depakote® (divalproex sodium) is an antipsychotic drug used to treat mania and epileptic seizures. It is also approved for the prevention of migraine headaches. Depakote comes in tablet and capsule form, and is available by prescription only.
Depakote tablets are "delayed-release," which means they have a special coating that prevents the drug from dissolving too early in the digestive tract (which can be irritating). The beads inside Depakote Sprinkle capsules also have this special coating.
The sprinkle capsule form of Depakote can either be swallowed whole or opened up and the contents sprinkled on a spoonful of soft food (such as pudding or applesauce). Do not chew the contents, as each tiny bead is delayed-release, with a special protective coating.
(Click Depakote for more information about this medication, including how it works, when and how to take it, and what side effects may occur.)